Hooray, hooray, it’s World Book Day!

It’s basically a Christmas for authors!

This World Book Day is a very special one for me. Much like a child’s first birthday, or a special wedding anniversary, World Book Day is a chance for me to reflect on what I’ve achieved so far, and how far I’ve come. Also, how far I can go from here on!

Gillie Can Series

The first thing for me to feel really proud about is the publication of the first of my Gillie Can books. For a long time I’ve wanted to create my own stories, and I’ve always got ideas spinning around in my head. There’s always a character I’m developing, or a storyline I want to create. So when I finally got the chance to dedicate my time to my own series I was over the moon! Then the real icing on the cake was introducing Toyah Willcox to my stories and her agreeing to voice the advert AND the audiobooks! I’m definitely super proud of the Gillie book(s) and I can’t wait to get the rest of them illustrated and published.

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

omd children's book

Anyone that knows me at all, has met me once, or has maybe just heard of me, will know my love of ’80s electronic music. My husband and I have our own OMD tribute act, Manoeuvres, and my love of the band compelled me to write about them. Little did I realise where this would lead! I’ve now become on friendly terms with the band, to the point where they are now selling my book on their website! It’s currently available to pre-order and I am so, so proud!

I absolutely love illustrating books for other people, and I’m so grateful to the authors who trust me with their own stories, which you can look at here on my gallery. But honestly, the thrill of seeing your own books in print is like nothing else. I’ve always treated my authors and their work with the utmost respect, because I totally understand that their books are their babies, but since being that author (!) myself, I can see even more how important it is to make sure my authors are happy.

To this end, I’ve added a whole new package to my current Happydesigner roster. The “Gift Package” idea is explained fully here, but essentially it’s for authors who don’t want to sign up for massive print runs, or need only a few copies for family, friends or potential publishers/agents. The fixed package includes a 32 page book, two hard copies of your book and one signed, mounted artwork, although you can tailor the package to your needs to a certain extent.

So there it is, my World Book Day! I am spending it illustrating, of course! Possibly dressed in a costume (let’s face it, that’s me most days anyway!) and thinking, dreaming and creating new ideas that I can turn into books. My creative cogs are whirring and I am excited to see where these books, and future creations, will take me. But thanks for coming along for the ride!

A few of my previous clients

happydesigner clients

  • “Books arrived safely today- I am absolutely delighted with how they look – I can’t thank you enough – you’ve made my dream come true :)” – Jane Collins

  • “Sarah’s re-branding of my business has given it a much needed fresh and quirky feel. She provided us with an extremely friendly courteous and efficient service and injected an energy into the project, that only Sarah could.” – Discovery Leisure

  • Sarah really understood the brief right from the beginning and has been able to translate my ideas and mental images, that at times were quite specific, into magical illustrations that are better than I’d ever hoped. She has absolutely nailed it!” – Gareth Edwards

  • "WOW! Love it! I'm so happy with what you've produced- and with so little input from me. FANTASTIC!!! THANK YOU” - Darren Pascoe: 'Red Rabbit Book'

  • "Thank you both so much for your hard work and dedication. Sarah is a fantastic illustrator! It is nice to know I have worked with someone who is so professional at her job, and will certainly remember her for the future if I need another book illustrating."
  • “Sarah’s advice has been invaluable, she could have just illustrated my first attempt but knew there was more to be had from the story and pointed me towards the right help." – Darron Jon Love

  • Sarah is professional, friendly and very knowledgeable, she delivered 100% with a new logo that was spot on! We can't recommend her enough!” - Lucy @ Get Active

  • "Sarah loves her work, her friendly ‘can do’ approach is reassuring whether you’re on your first or tenth book."  – Darron Jon Love
  • "Outstanding illustrator with exceptional talent. You couldn’t wish for a better artist, as it would be impossible to find. Such a spectacular gifted designer who is always happy!" - Rachel Lake

  • "It's been great working with Sarah as our illustrator! She's been so great in taking all feedback on board and delivers work of the highest standard. Would 100% recommend :-)" - Michelle Gibbs, Doodle Dozen Series
  • "Sarah quickly understood what I wanted to achieve and the look I was after. Sarah kept me informed and brought me into the whole process” – Darron Jon Love

  • "I hope my recommendation will persuade you to use Sarah! I cannot fault her, for her professionalism, enthusiasm and talent." - Michelle Hawkins, Director: The Flying DoDo

  • "I am absolutely thrilled with the colours and love the look and overall feel of the book, its so different and unique, thank you so much"
  • “Thank you, Sarah, for the amazing work you did on the illustrations for my book. Working with you has been so easy thanks to your enthusiasm, flexibility, support, professionalism and, of course, the amazing quality of your work." – Stuart Neath

  • "These posters and flyers are perfect”
    - Julia G, Manager at the Truro branch of Pets at Home

  • "The logos are absolutely fantastic, they are spot on brief and are even better than we imagined!Paolo Pini, Step Up To Languages

  • “When we first contacted Sarah, Dainty Dizzy was a concept;  an idea to be shaped into a brand.  Sarah took this idea and illustrated it perfectly….and our brand look and feel was born.” – Dainty Dizzy

  • “I was so nervous ringing you as i've never done anything like this before, but you were so friendly and put me completely at ease.” - Donna Purvis

  • “Sarah was lovely to work with and keen to make sure that the illustrations were a perfect match for the story. It’s obvious that she really cares about her work and wants you, the author, to be happy with the final results.” – Marion Adams

  • “I am so happy that I found Sarah to bring my book to life. Sarah took the time to listen and really made the effort to make sure that I was happy and her brilliant designs translated the words of my book into a beautiful visual story." - Jodie Jackson

  • "I can’t speak highly enough of Sarah! She has brought Roopert Snoopert to life in a way I could never have imagined.
    The illustrations are fantastic! Sarah keeps you update with progress from the draft stage right through to sign off." - Paul Micklewright
  • "Sarah understood what I was looking for and produced a fantastic logo for me.  She is very approachable and friendly – I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her” Katie Jarvis, Fancy Prints

  • Sarah has a great insight into how to best produce a children’s book and is really helpful in getting you there! I really cannot recommend Sarah enough – brilliant designer, friendly and professional. The experience has been a great one!“ – Jodie Jackson
  • "She has a keen eye for the quirky detail, she is punctual and a joy to work with. I simply cannot praise her enough.” - Clickety Books

  • Sarah is an extremely talented designer and illustrator. She has that rare gift of being able to find something in your business or character that you never knew existed" Craig Green

  • "Sarah is amazing - very fast at understanding the requirements, great pictures and never too much trouble. I recommend her wholeheartedly" - Fernando Caldeira-Saraiva